College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.
College Possible makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Since its founding in 2000, College Possible has become a leading organization in the field of college access and success with a track record of best-in-class results, rigorous evaluation and innovation.
Our evidence-based programming is grounded in four key pillars:
In our flagship program, students attend after-school sessions for two hours twice a week throughout their junior and senior years of high school. Over the course of these two years, students participate in up to 320 hours of programming in a supportive group of college-bound peers. Coaches implement an interactive curriculum designed to guide students through the key aspects of preparing for college.
After high school, College Possible students receive coaching through the transition to college and are supported all the way through college graduation. Depending on the college they attend, students will receive in-person coaching on campus or technology-based coaching. Coaches assist students in connecting them to resources on campus, tackling barriers and identifying future opportunities.
In addition to our flagship programming, College Possible is piloting innovative program models to reach students beyond our six sites through virtual and blended approaches. Coaches utilize tools such as texting, video chat, document-sharing and social media to build connections with students and work with them to achieve their goals. In two states, Minnesota and Oregon, we have piloted a technology-based program in rural communities.
We are a proud partner organization of CollegePoint, a nationwide initiative with Bloomberg Philanthropies. CollegePoint helps students from lower-income families apply to, enroll in and graduate from top-performing colleges.
In 2016, College Possible launched a new partnership model called Catalyze, which was born out of the belief that our innovative approach to increasing college success for low-income students could be embedded on college campuses and scaled to serve many more low-income students. Catalyze has a capacity-building focus, rather than direct service, which will enable colleges and universities to use the tried-and-true College Possible model to support their low-income students from matriculation through graduation.
Jim McCorkell, a first-generation college graduate has an idea: Young people give a year, low-income students gain a mentor, America benefits from more college graduates.
Admission Possible founded in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“I support [College Possible] and I urge all champions of economic justice to give it their full support.” — Senator Paul Wellstone
26 part-time AmeriCorps coaches reach 240 high school students in the Twin Cities. Jim is joined by three full-time staff members.
“[College Possible] aims to give poor teenagers the kind of edge wealthy students routinely enjoy.”
— The New York Times
College Possible launches in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“College Possible helps promising young people from low-income families attend college. The vast majority stay in college and earn their degrees.” — President Barack Obama
College Possible launches in Omaha, Nebraska.
College Possible launches in Portland, Oregon.
Admission Possible becomes College Possible.
College Possible receives the Innovation Award in Education, an international recognition from Citi and The Financial Times.
A Harvard study shows that College Possible significantly increases a student’s chances of enrolling in a four-year college.
Founder and CEO, Jim McCorkell joins college presidents, business leaders and White House officials in Washington, D.C. for a summit on college success for low-income students.
College Possible launches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
College Possible launches in Chicago, Illinois.
College Possible announced a bold new vision for transformational impact: joining forces with colleges to close the degree divide.
College Possible names the pilot program Catalyze and welcomes its first partner outside of a College Possible site. Catalyze serves 8,000 students on college campuses across the country.
Ballmer Group gives a record-setting $20 million gift to College Possible.
College Possible receives inaugural Evergreen National Education Prize.
College Possible welcomes it’s first president, Craig Robinson, a nonprofit executive with more than twenty years of experience in education leadership and practice.
College Possible launches in Seattle, Washington. This marks the first occasion College Possible has united with another organization, College Access Now (CAN), to make college access and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds in the state of Washington.
Jim McCorkell, College Possible’s CEO and founder, is awarded the Executive Leadership Award of Excellence at the National College Access Network’s annual conference.
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“Making it through college, a step that people think is impossible for students with backgrounds like mine, is the most amazing thing.”
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“My College Possible coaches haven’t just helped me increase my ACT score and apply to colleges; they’ve made me feel confident in myself.”